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FOLK COLLECTION 11: The Skaggs Foundation Cowboy Poetry Collection


Date of Items: 1890-present
Register Prepared by: Randy Williams and Susan Gross, April 2004
Register Updated by: Randy Williams, 23 December 2009
Excel database transfered to MYSQL and uploaded (replacing PHP data): Colin Jackson, Fall 2010
MYSQL database updated: Randy Williams, January 2012
Linear Feet:20


Historical Note & Provenance

Folk Coll 11 is Utah State University's cowboy poetry collection. The collection, originally created by a generation donation by the L. J. and Mary Skaggs Foundation, includes books gathered during a fieldwork project in the early 1980s to document cowboy poetry in the U.S. west (see Folk Coll 11f). From this important fieldwork project came the impetus for the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in January 1985 in Elko, Nevada. Since that time, each January, the Fife Folklore Archives staff take the collection and Access database (that details each book, poem, author, first line and key words), to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for offsite use. Through University purchases and generation donations from poets and collectors, this collection continues to grow.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of 20 linear feet of books on cowboy poetry, including press and self published works. The collection can be accessed through USU Libraries online catalog.


As well, poem titles and keywords found in each book in the collection are included in the database below. To use, type in the search term. Tip: Try and use an uncommon word from the poem to ensure less "hits." For instance, if you enter "boots" you will get many hits; but if you enter "bones" you will most liley get fewer "hits" or poems and find the item you seek faster. To return to the search page, click "home" at the bottom of the page.


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Poetry table.

First Previous Next Last
IDBook TitleComposerIndexPagesAuthorPoem TitleFirst LinesKeywords
23891 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 22 Jake Conkin My Pal Pete The Alberta foothills Were his first home He came out of the chute Destined to roam.
23892 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 25 Jake Conkin Cowboy Short Poems Fred-The Mule Trainer, The Roper, Orange Wollies, The Horse Breaker Collection of 4 short poems
23893 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 26 Jake Conkin A Hazard To Yer Health The old cowboy got hisself some teeth - of a very poor fit On that old cowboy's jawline they jist wouldn't sit. So he takes them out and sets them on a rock While he puffs on a Bull Durham - of his life he's takin' stock.
23894 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 28 Jake Conkin Wild Rag "Yup, they call me "Wild Rag" Not shure why this is so Maybe I makes buckaroos look human When their tail's hangin' low.
23895 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 29 Jake Conkin Sid Wilson - Still A Cowboy Sid Wilson - aged ninety-one Was a real cowboy, that son-of-a-gun. He broke horses for the U.S. Army we're told And rode Wild West Shows before he got too old.
23896 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 30 Jake Conkin The Buckaroo Hilton It stands alongside a high country lake A hundred year old roof of moss covered shake. The walls, they're made of stout cedar log Often suffering the indignity of a wrangler's old dog.
23897 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 33 Jake Conkin Cowpoke Hijinx The days on the range Are often busy and long Minds tend to turn strange The need for diversion - mighty strong!
23898 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 34 Jake Conkin The Buckaroo Game Ridin' tall in the saddle Expectin' no fame This cowboy is expert At the buckaroo game.
23899 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 36 Jake Conkin When The Land Belongs To God Before the whiteman came The land was primise - unblemished Native peoples cherished and respected their world The adventures of their brothers
23900 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 37 Jake Conkin Solitude In my saddle I ride To cleanse my inside Of the cares I partake of this world
23901 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 38 Jake Conkin High Country Turnout The Big Dipper pours out Its last cup of starlight The moon - a silver concho Mellows an early mornin' bite.
23902 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 42 Jake Conkin Pasture Pals They grazed shoulder to shoulder A special friendship did exist They never parted company Forever a team - they'd insist!
23903 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 44 Jake Conkin I Brought Your Hat, Pard He was an eighty year old rancher So we were told After he was made They threw away the mold.
23904 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 46 Jake Conkin Broke Horses... ...and other things too! An oldtime cowboy broke horses Out Abilene way "Broke lotsa of 'em," you'd hear him say.
23905 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 47 Jake Conkin Mona's Awaitin' In Elko The days on the range begin to grow short Causin' a cowboy's mind to turn to sport. The range herd is in ahead of winter's blizzard Time for some foolin', drinkin, an' fillin' the gizzard.
23906 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 48 Jake Conkin Cowboy Artist A Cowboy He wanted to be Ridin' the range The only dream he could see.
23907 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 50 Jake Conkin Cowcamp A groan, a creak, and a thump Begins a new cowcamp day. A wrangler stumbles out of his bedroll, Wishing, for heaven's sake, that he could stay.
23908 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 53 Jake Conkin Wedding Vows Burr tangled manes Flattened ears set Bunched into a corner Hopin' to be hiddin - you bet!
23909 Silk 'n' Silver And Other Things Too! FC 11 C-60 54 Jake Conkin Cowboy's Lament Mother Nature arranged it No need for political collusion The rangelands only changed With whiteman's selfish intrusion.
23910 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 4 D.L. Chance The Very Last Cowboy Poem Well I guess that's it, I'm through. I just can't seem to think of another line.
23911 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 6 D.L. Chance Cowboy Practical Jokes Now, most of the REAL Cowboys I know like to pull occasional practical jokes.
23912 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 8 D.L. Chance Horse Trailers Now, being more observer than participant in the way of life here out west
23913 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 10 D.L. Chance Bullriding Beginner "I'm gonna stay up this time!" I determined as the wranglers helped tie me on.
23914 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 12 D.L. Chance Carl's Poetry This old cowboy friend of mine named Carl always did fancy himself a poet.
23915 An Afternoon In The West (More Cowboy Poetry, Pictures, and Other Stuff) FC 11 C-57 13 D.L. Chance Show Me Show me a genius, and I'll show you someone who fails. Show me a real Cowboy, and I'll show you dirt under his nails.